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High maternal mortality rates: Racial, geographic, and socioeconomic disparities in Brazil

Published:December 03, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2021.11.029

      Highlights

      • The black population is more likely to die from COVID-19.
      • When comparing genders, black women are more victims of the new coronavirus even than black men.
      • By facing gender inequality combined with social inequality, black women had the highest number of deaths.

      Abstract

      What are the harsh consequences of racism and our country's slavery past in the life of every black woman today? How does the current federal government reinforce the reproduction of structural sexism and racism during a pandemic? Hunger, domestic violence, femicide, informal work, unemployment, and political under-representation are issues that are urgently presented by the need for an anti-racist social transformation. Black women remain vulnerable to social inequalities. And in the pandemic, these inequalities are not only related to its management (contamination, death, and vaccination), but also its economic and social consequences.
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